Poverty Simulation

Presented by Barney Slowey at CESA 10

This poverty simulation will give participants a chance to experience what it is like to be in poverty. Participants who are volunteering with the community agency role-play will have to help homeless participants fill out paperwork to receive services in the community.

This opportunity is available to educators in the CESA 10, CESA 11, and CESA 12 areas at no cost. Please feel free to pass along this information to anyone who might be interested in participating.

Learning outcomes will include:

  • To get an idea of what it's truly like to live in poverty.
  • To gain empathy toward students in situations of poverty.
  • To help educators get a better idea of how to help students in poverty get the most out of their education.

Volunteers are needed to play the following roles:


Quik Cash

Community Action Agency

Interfaith Services

Food a Rama/Grocers



Police Station

Utility Company

Social Services - receptionist and 1 or 2 case workers

School Teacher

Daycare Teacher

General Employer

Healthcare Doctor or Nurse

If you would like to participate in this way, please contact Ashley Parkhurst at aparkhurst@cesa10.k12.wi.us

You do not need to have a background in the role you sign up for. Keep in mind, this is a role-playing experience.

Poverty Simulation

Friday, June 10th, 8:30-11:30am

725 West Park Avenue

Chippewa Falls, WI

Participants who volunteer to be community agency members should arrive at 8:00 a.m. to learn their scenarios. The actual simulation will begin at 8:30 a.m.